RE: ALA Annual 2001 SF and other issues

Charles Timberlake (
Thu, 11 Jan 2001 09:42:57 -0800 (PST)

I am not an ALA member, but it would seem to me that at this point you
should hope that the session in question is good and is well-attended. At
the session, the attendees could be surveyed to determine, among other
things, why they attended the session and what their background and
experience are in relation to video in libraries. You might determine
that there is still a need for this kind of session, or, of course, you
might discover that there is no need anymore. I can't believe people
still need it, but maybe they do if Becky's experience is any indication.

On Thu, 11 Jan 2001, Tatar, Becky wrote:

> Gary, I don't know if my experience connects with what you are saying, but I
> see a lot of people where I work who have no clue about video, or any other
> av materials. The basic belief is that av is just like books, what can be
> so hard? We are starting to get some interest (negative) by our board
> members in the fact that we have so many direct orders. Why does
> processesing and cataloging take so long? Why don't you have a certain
> title? That last one, I hear all the time! I am finally going to start
> DVDs, but the impression I am getting from our assistant director, and I
> could be totally reading him wrong, is that I shouldn't worry about
> collection policy - just order anything in order to get a collection. Don't
> check reviews, evaluate titles, just order popular stuff. This flies in the
> face of all our other av collections - popular titles, yes, but also a wide
> range of other subjects. (I'll stop whining now.)
> Also, are media courses available at library science (or should I say
> Information science) schools? I don't remember any when I was studying for
> my degree at Dominican University in the late 1980s. I work with av because
> that's the department I was hired for when I first started as a
> paraprofessional.
> Another thing - how many people who work with video - or other media - know
> this group exists? or what it does? I only found out accidentally a few
> years ago - and we have had video since the early 80s. We used to have an
> AV SIG in our system - it closed down a long time ago.
> I don't know if all this adds to the discussion, or is down a different
> road.
> Becky Tatar
> Unit Head, Periodicals, Audiovisual
> Aurora Public Library
> 1 E. Benton Street
> Aurora, IL 60505
> PHONE: 630-264-4100
> FAX: 630-896-3209
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